The Madonna of Japan in Tacloban

Madonna Japan Kanhuraw Hill Tacloban City Location Leyte Symbol Peace Friendship History Statue Goddess Peace Garden Park Gift Japanese Government Maria Kannon Landmark Monument Magsaysay Boulevard The image of the Madonna of Japan, also known as Maria Kannon, was a gift from the Japanese people to the Philippines as a symbol of peace and friendship between the two countries. Understandably, it is also referred to as the statue of the Goddess of Peace. The image stands on a rock amidst a landscaped garden. Tall trees and flowering plants can be seen within the park along with concrete benches where one can sit, pray and reflect.

During World War II, the Philippines suffered a great devastation brought by the Japanese forces. Many Continue reading

Tacloban City Hall in Leyte

Tacloban City Hall Tacloban City Leyte Kanhuraw Hill Cancabato Bay San Pedro Juanico Strait Cataisan Point Samar Island Garden Function Hall Eastern Visayas Building Hours Schedule History Map Info The Tacloban City Hall sits atop Cancabato Hill, and at the foot of Kanhuraw Hill in Tacloban City, Leyte. It is the seat of the City Government of Tacloban since June 12, 1952. The city hall building overlooks the panoramic Cancabato Bay, San Pedro Bay, San Juanico Strait, Cataisan Point and Samar Island, and is surrounded by the Philippine-Japan peace memorial markers. There is a landscaped garden with concrete tables and chairs; canteen; function hall; City Tourism Office. Continue reading

Price Mansion in Tacloban

Price Mansion Tacloban Leyte CAP Building American Colonial Home 1900 Walter Scott Price House Construction ArchitectureThe Price Mansion is located in Tacloban, Leyte. This building, now called the CAP Building, is an example of the American colonial home built in 1900. The Price mansion was originally owned by Mr. Walter Scott Price, an American businessman who settled in Leyte after marrying a Filipina. His wealth, social and political power gave him the moniker King of Leyte. His mansion served as a temporary seat of Government during the Philippine liberation. It was also General MacArthur’s headquarters during World War II. The building suffered a direct hit from a bomb dropped by a Japanese warplane. Such place became the first light of hope to Philippine freedom many centuries ago. It is considered a cultural heritage not only by the Taclobanons but also by the Filipinos as a whole. This structure was built by the Filipino for the Filipinos therefore it showcases Continue reading

Tacloban City, Leyte

San Juanico Bridge TaclobanTacloban City is the largest city and regional center of the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. The City of Tacloban is located in the northeastern part of the island of Leyte with a total land area of 201.7 square kilometers. It is also the capital city of Leyte. It is the center of commerce, tourism, education, culture, and government in the region. Tacloban is located on Cancabato Bay, in the San Juanico Strait which divides the islands of Leyte and Samar. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 178,639 people in 34,758 households. It is composed of 138 barangays. Continue reading

Sangyaw Festival in Tacloban

Sangyaw Festival TaclobanSangyaw Festival is a religious and socio-cultural event in the Philippines. It was revived in 2008 by the city government of Tacloban, Philippines. Sangyaw means “to herald news” in Waray language. Various festival-participants from different parts of the country participate in this tribal procession. It was held a day before the city fiesta. The festival was first held in 1974 but was cancelled in 1987. Sangyaw in the local dialect (Eastern Visayas) means “proclamation” or “popular”. The world in its truest sense means “a region and a people’s testament of their self-identities and their vitality. The intangible factors like pride in their homeland, their intense Continue reading

Leyte Provincial Capitol Building, Tacloban

Leyte Provincial Capitol Building TaclobanLocated at the corner of Sen. Enage Street and Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City. Built in 1907, it is the seat of the provincial government of Leyte. It was also the seat of the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines when President Sergio Osmeña, Sr. came in 1944 with the WW II Liberation Forces. Historic viewing of murals depicting the First Christian Mass in the Orient and General Douglas MacArthur’s Landing is offered.


Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival in Tacloban

Pintados Festival TaclobanThe Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival has three major highlights in its celebration: the Leyte Kasadyaan Festival, the Pintados Ritual Dance Presentation and “Pagrayhak” Grand Parade along with several minor activities. The tattooing of body and faces of the willing and lively participants dancing amidst the loud roll of the drums and merriment is the main activity during the religious festival. Tattooing is considered an art among the people of Leyte thus the major reason of its incorporation with the fiesta.

The festivals are said to have began Continue reading